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Worth repairing?

To start off, the crank arm isn't breaking, it's quite definitely already broken. As to repairs - this bike seems to be what would commonly be called a 'BSO' (Bicycle shaped object). I definitely ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

I learnt to ride in my 20s. I couldn't find a big enough bike second hand, except by spending several times the price of a cheap new bike. So I bought a cheap new bike and learnt to ride on it (a ...
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Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?

When shopping for BSO bikes, people are just looking for a recreational ride that is a once in while, which leads them to focus on the sticker price. Looking at a mountain bike they then get to ...
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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

25kg on a rear rack is already very hard to handle, especially if it’s on the top of the rack. Start leaning the bike unconsciously while standing at a red traffic light and you’ll suddenly do a very ...
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Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?

Many BSO's are styled like mountain bikes, probably because the mountain bike features tend to be appealing to people who don't know a lot about bicycles. Consumers buy these bicycles even though they ...
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What do you wish you knew you before you bought your first nice bike?

Prioritize more: Tires -- the bike must allow me to use the tires I want to use. I used to have a road bike that did not allow any tire wider than 25mm. Any bike that cannot use 35mm tires is ...
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Does it matter where you buy the bike?

It matters in many ways where you buy the bike from. If you're buying online, then the parts will most likely be the same, although you should be careful to read the specs. Some online (brick and ...
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What do you wish you knew you before you bought your first nice bike?

The key is to know your intended use. Knowing what you don't want also helps. But also a bike has a wide variety of applications, like a car. Main (non BSO) adult bike types (people are always trying ...
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How useful/valuable is internal cabling?

One difference that internal cables make is if you transport your bike by car or have to haul it around by hand. Because the cables are inside the frame, they are less likely to get pinched by the ...
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Worth repairing?

Your bike is a low-end entry level bike from the 2000's. If you want to fix it, good-new parts could add up quickly. So look around for one or more donor bikes of similar vintage and see what you ...
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Worth repairing?

Define "worth it." If you're wondering if it's financially worth it, the answer is probably not. It'll probably cost you as much or more to replace the parts that need to be replaced as it ...
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Does there exist a non-electric bike that can go 60mph (95 km/h)?

The problem with going 60 mph (assuming level ground, no wind, etc) is not gearing, which is an easy problem to solve. It's aerodynamics. Aerodynamic drag increases roughly with the square of your ...
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Specialized bike store or general sports shop

I'm not sure about Austria, but here in the UK many general sports shops are no more than outlets for Nike and Adidas clothing. If you are someone who knows very little about bikes, I'd suggest that ...
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What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?

Security cameras have a standard called "pixels per foot" (ppf). This means that at a certain distance, an object 1 foot across (about the size of a US license plate) will have a certain number of ...
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BSO identification for amateurs

It used to be easier to tell BSOs from "real" bikes, but now the technology is changing so rapidly, and it's much harder. On a bike older than about 20 years, one would first look at the frame, in ...
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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

In your situation, I would buy the cheaper option. Firstly, you will limit the amount of money you lose if you still want the mid-range rack later on. Secondly, I don't know how much experience you ...
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BSO identification for amateurs

Is the bottom-bracket a cartridge unit? (googling this should give you an idea of what one looks like) If it's not, you definitely have a BSO and you should install a cartridge bb. Look at the hubs. ...
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Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?

It's much easier to make a chunky looking frame cheaply than to make thin tubing cheaply. The heavier everything is supposed to be the less obvious it is that the BSO is not what it looks like. One ...
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What is the markup on bikes sold in stores?

This can vary a good bit based upon the brand, quality of bicycle sold, and the agreement reached between the shop/brand. In general more volume=better deal, higher end=lower markup percentage (but ...
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Disadvantages of using QR->Thru Axle Adapters?

This is a deceptively complex question because it touches on many aspects of hub design, and answering it properly would also require taking some kind of survey of what design choices have wound up ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

Buy the bike you like and learn to ride on it. The Trek DS or something like it is a good bike to start on. Any bike in the pricing/style zone of the DS will last years. Welcome to cycling, it's a ...
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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

As others say, this is your decision. Here's what I decided: Personally, I use one of the sturdy expensive ones (a Tubus Logo, which has now gone around with me something between 30000 and 60000 km in ...
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Why do new road bikes come with handlebar tape attached?

The question was thouroughly answered in the comments. I shall try to summarise the points given. @rclocher mentioned that handlebar tape today can be removed easily without much residue. Thus making ...
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Is KCP a trustable bicycles Brand?

To add to the other answer, the obvious signs here are: Unknown brand sold by Amazon Tourney, Zoom and unbranded components Mix of disc and rim brakes Unified rear triangle rear suspension Rear shock ...
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Gravel and MTB: What film to use to protect for rocky riding? and what parts?

Helicopter tape. Underside of down tube and bottom bracket shell, plus anywhere your bags or housings rub.
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Worth repairing?

The bike looks quite smart from a distance but the cheapest possible no-name components have been used to get this bike into a price category when it was new. Some of the replacement parts you might ...
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Worth repairing?

Don't ride it as is, that left hand crank is broken and dangerous. You say you enjoy riding. Bike maintenance is an essential skill unless you enjoy spending a fortune at the LBS getting minor and ...
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Replacing mountain bike bars & stem with drop bars

There are four measurements you need to be concerned with. The two most critical are the fork steerer diameter and the bar clamp diameter. The fork steerer diameter is normally referred to as 1", 1-...
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Do Bike stores allow you to ship a bike to them to assemble?

I think there are two questions here: 1 - Can you have a bike professionally assembled by a bike shop? In my experience (having done this a couple of times) it will typically cost the price of their ...
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Single-speed vs Multi-speed bike purchase

Single speed bikes tend to be very low end bikes--aside from fixies, but those are a different animal altogether. As such, you almost certainly will want a multispeed bike. Don't get too focused on ...
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